Firebird Flash

April 8, 2016

Tornado awareness

Proud to Be Your Principal

Happy *snowy* Friday everyone - another great week in the books! We had a fantastic kick-off assembly this afternoon for next month's Color Run, and we're confident our students are going to do a terrific job representing our school. Remember - for every $30 raised for our schools, students get a friend or family member into the race for free! It's a great opportunity to support our schools and Firebird community.

Don't forget to stop by our local McDonalds next Wednesday, and grab a bite to eat with the family! A portion of sales made that evening will go towards our schools. You might even have a teacher that you know serve your fries!!

Proud to be your principal,

Brent Johnson

Tornado Awareness Week

Next Week is Tornado Awareness Week, and our schools will be having a tornado drill on Thursday, April 14. Every home should have a severe weather safety plan - here are some ways you can keep your family safe:

  • Have a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement, where you can move in the event of severe weather. If you can, get under a sturdy table or under the stairs for best protection. Click here for information on "safe rooms."
  • If your home does not have a basement, move to a small interior room on the lowest floor and cover yourself (and help young children) with towels, blankets, or pillows. If possible, get under a sturdy desk, table, or counter. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Stay away from windows.
  • If caught outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to shelter, get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt, and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Two last resorts are to stay in the vehicle and place your head below the window level, or if you can get noticeably lower than the roadway, exit the vehicle and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Do not seek shelter under an overpass.
  • Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. You should leave a mobile home and go to the designated storm shelter or the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building.
  • Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather information. A NOAA weather radio, access to local TV, and smart phone apps can keep you informed when severe weather threatens.

Check out these web sites for more safety tips, the latest weather forecast, and other weather awareness information:

NOAA National Weather Service
Wisconsin Emergency Management
STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning)

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How it works: You and your child can work to raise sponsorships/donations, and for every $30 your child collects, you get up to 6 FREE registration for the Color Run! This can be for family members or friends!

Students can also earn prizes based on how much they raise. These items are "bling" to add to the fun of the Color Run! Be sure to sign-up online so you can reach out to family members that live far away! The website is located on the Color Run Packet that was sent home today - please be sure to read the envelope for additional information!

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Spring Picture Day

This year's spring pictures will be pre-pay only. Your student brought home an order form this week, which you may fill out, include payment, and send with your child on Wednesday, April 13.

You can also order online. Click here to pre-order portraits of your child, and use the code 06395EB.

Only students who have pre-ordered online, or who have their order form & payment will be photographed.

April is Autism Awareness Month

For the past two school years, I have used the month of April to share facts and statistics about autism to help create a culture of awareness and understanding here at Minocqua J1 Schools. This year, I would like our school family to focus on acceptance.

Acceptance is as simple as taking the time to learn about your classmates, and possibly making a new friend. All month long I am asking all students and staff to send me any questions they may have about our students with autism, and I will post a response either daily or weekly on the bulletin board outside room #135, depending upon the number of questions I receive.

With this in mind, I hope everyone takes the opportunity this month to learn about someone in your class or neighborhood who has autism. It might just turn out that this is the best friend you will ever have!

Mrs. Stacy Kovac

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"The Phoenix" Student Anthology

Many of our students have been creatively working to put together the first annual edition of The Phoenix, a collection of writing and artwork done entirely by students. Click on the order form and turn it in to order YOUR copy of The Phoenix - and support our young artists and authors!

You can also pick up an order form at the school office. Forms can be turned into the office, or to Christy Schlosser.

Teacher Requests

Parents wishing to make teacher requests for the 2016-2017 school year may do so between April 1-30. Submit your request in writing to Anna Gilbert or drop it off in the main office. Please know that we do our best to honor as many requests as we can, but that sometimes accommodating all requests is not possible.

High School Fall Sport Signup

The LUHS fall head coaches will be visiting with our 8th graders and encourage them to sign up for a fall sport on Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 pm. Begin talking with your 8th grader about how they can be involved in fall sports next year!

PBIS Focus: Lunchroom

Be Respectful in the Lunch Room!

- Use a quiet voice

- Clean up after yourself (table AND floor!!)

"Counseling Corner"

While your child is still too young to vote in upcoming elections, the political season can offer some great topics for you and your teen to connect on. Teens love to have their opinions be known and it isn’t too early to build excitement and encourage your child to become active in civic issues.

Be an eParent®! The next time your child is online, ask them to research the positions of competing local or state candidates on an issue. Pick an issue that directly affects your teen such as education. Or pick a topic the two of you may have differing opinions on. Ask how they feel about this current issue; listen carefully and ask questions that help your child think deeper about the issue (How might a candidate’s position on this topic affect you? our family? our town?) Look up facts on issues together – remember, it’s not about being right or wrong. Rather, this is a chance to understand one another’s perspectives and find actions to take together to advocate for your viewpoints.

Use these resources to get ideas on how to talk about politics with your teen and teach your teen about the elections.

To learn more contact UW-Extension Family Living Programs or like Family Living on Facebook.

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Upcoming Field Trips

2015-2016 Minocqua J1 Calendar

NEW! Next year's 2016-2017 Minocqua J1 Calendar

Please go to our district website to view the calendar online.
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Only Fools Run at Midnight 5K & 10K

TOMORROW! April 9, 2016. The event begins and ends at Lakeland Union High School, with registration at 8:00 pm and the run beginning at midnight.

For more info about the race, and to register, click here.
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Candy Science for Kids!

Next Monday, April 11, 6:00 pm, at the Minocqua Public Library. Ready to be a candy scientist? Join us to unwrap the secrets lurking inside sticky, sweet, and colorful treats. Peel the coating off candy corn, sink a marshmallow, paint with Nerds and more! Recommended for ages 6 and up. Sign up at the library, or call (715) 356-4437.

Girls on the Run Celebratory 5K!

Join the girls of Northwoods Girls on the Run at their celebratory 5K Fun Run/Walk! On Saturday, May 21, at Torpy Park in Minocqua. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and the run begins at 9:30.

Come and celebrate the girls and all their fun and learning this season!
Click to register for the 5K.

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Girls Volleyball Open Gym

Girls in grades 6-8 are welcome to come to Faith Evangelical Free Church on Saturdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Parents are welcome to watch and help out, but only middle school girls will be eligible to play. Pickup is at 5:30 sharp - hope to see you there!

Faith E-Free Church is located behind Trig's, at 9035 Blumenstein Rd. in Woodruff.
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